The long wait of almost 100 years will be ended when India hosts the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 for the first time ever in the country, scheduled from July 28 to August 10 in Chennai. The excitement is palpable among the organizers – the All India Chess Federation (AICF), players and chess enthusiasts, as the world’s greatest chess event is just 100 days away.
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand believes that the Chess Olympiad on home soil will inspire the upcoming Indian chess generation. “It’s a lifetime opportunity for youngsters to catch a glimpse of their idols, watch them play, and potentially interact with them.” said India’s very first Grand Master Anand.
World champions, super grandmasters and national champions will be among the top stars from more than 150 countries around the world as the 2022 Chess Olympiad opens a golden chapter in Indian sporting history. The first Chess Olympiad was held in Paris in 1924, but the International Chess Federation (FIDE) began to hold it officially from 1927.
“We are sparing no effort to ensure this Olympics is the best ever and hope people will be talking about it for the next 100 years.” promises Bharat Singh Chauhan, secretary of the All India Chess Federation.
Hundreds of district level players from Tamil Nadu have already submitted their requests to watch the games live and soon the fever will grip the whole country.
The playing teams will be announced by the respective countries in the first week of May. With the top ten countries so evenly matched, including the United States of America, China, India and Ukraine, the prestigious event is expected to deliver gripping and exciting action at every round.
India and Russia had won gold together at the last edition of the event, which was held virtually in 2020.